Description: A black cat crossing your path is unlucky
Origin: Medieval Christian
Cats were revered in Ancient Egypt as incarnations of the goddess Bast, and it was the Egyptians who determined that cats have nine lives. But their pagan superstar status, and their even more ancient association with old ladies, meant that cats came under heavy suspicion in the European Middle Ages as the companions of witches. The hysteria about witches so was great that black cats were rounded up and killed in some areas, and one King of France had to pass a law banning the practice.
But black cats can be lucky too: on the Yorkshire coast of England, the wives of fishermen believe that keeping a black cat in the house would ensure good weather and help their menfolk home safely.
EVIL BLACK CAT
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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